Nick Kyrgios: 'Sometimes it's hell'

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Nick Kyrgios: 'Sometimes it's hell'

Nick Kyrgios struggled at the Majors for years, failing to stay focused in five-set matches and barely making it to the second week. The Aussie changed that in 2022, making tennis his priority and training harder than in the past.

Nick produced his A-game at Wimbledon and defeated five opponents to advance to his first Major final. Kyrgios won the first set against Novak Djokovic before losing the next three and handing the title to the Serb. The Australian was ready for more in New York, especially after dethroning Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.

Nick was one of the favorites in a very open draw, but he missed his chance after losing in the quarterfinals to Karen Khachanov in a thrilling duel. Speaking about the US Open campaign in Tokyo, Kyrgios said that it was a great opportunity for him to lift a notable trophy, and that he lost it and had to wait until January to get another one.

The Australian put on one of his best displays against Medvedev, beating the world No. 1 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes. Both players hit over 20 aces, with Nick scoring nine more points than Daniil. The Aussie converted five of seven break chances and received three breaks to control the pace in sets three and four and take home the win.

Kyrgios had 53 winners and 38 unforced errors. Medvedev added 48 winners and 18 errors to his account, which was not enough to prolong the match and force a decider. Nick did his best to stay calm and focus on his tennis. He wasn't always like that, but it was enough to keep the fighting spirit going in sets three and four and outclass the higher-ranked opponent.

"I thought the US Open was my big chance, I considered myself the favorite after beating Daniil Medvedev.

Kyrgios has been surrounded by controversy

In a post-match press conference, Nick Kyrgios delved into why he liked playing doubles and was candid enough to admit that he did so to earn money.

The volatile Aussie also revealed that playing singles can be stressful as one needs to "make an exhausting effort" on the court to maintain concentration levels. "Tennis can be so stressful in singles. Sometimes it's hell. You have to make an exhausting effort for a long time to maintain seriousness and concentration, you have a very high responsibility on the court.

I want to compete well in singles and doubles, because I'm here to earn money, this is my job and that's why I compete in both modalities," he stated.